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Spring 2018 Program Highlights


HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (10-28-48) “O’Halloran’s Luck” starring Edmond O’Brien in a radio version of a story by Stephen Vincent Benet. Tim O’Halloran comes to Boston to marry Kitty Malone, but her parents have other ideas. James Hilton hosts. Hallmark Cards, CBS. (29 min)
DUFFY’S TAVERN (3-16-45) Ed Gardner stars as Archie the Manager, with Eddie Green, Charlie Cantor as Clifton Finnegan, Sandra Gould as Miss Duffy, Matty Malneck’s Orchestra and guest Pat O’Brien, who drops in while Archie is preparing the tavern for Duffy’s wedding anniversary. AFRS rebroadcast. (25 min)
HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL (4-24-60) “Irish Luck” starring John Dehner as Paladin, Virginia Gregg as Miss Wong. On St. Patrick’s Day, Paladin saves an Irishman from falling off a cliff but is brought up short when his new friend is accused of murder. With Ben Wright, Harry Bartell, Jeanne Bates, Jack Moyles, John James. AFRTS rebroadcast. (25 min)
WINSTON CHURCHILL (3-21-43) The prime minister speaks from London about the state of the war and some recent successes. He doesn’t share the feelings of those who have “jumped to the conclusion that the war will soon be over.” CBS/BBC. (29 min and 20 min)
CBS WORLD NEWS (3-21-43) Immediately following prime minister Churchill’s speech, Douglas Edwards reports. “Prime Minister Churchill... said that he had just received a message from General Montgomery... The final all-out battle... has now started.” CBS. (11 min)
PHILCO RADIO TIME (3-17-48) Bing Crosby stars, with announcer Ken Carpenter, the Rhythmaires, John Scott Trotter and the Orchestra and guest Margaret O’Brien, who joins Bing for a sketch, “Cinderella Goes to Town.” Bing sings “Dear Old Donegal” and “Galway Bay.” Philco, ABC. (30 min)


MAIL CALL #31 (3-31-43) Claire Trevor is mistress of ceremonies, with Connie Haines, Phil Regan, Leo Diamond and His Quintet and Edgar Bergen, who performs a sketch with Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd. Connie sings “Takin’ a Chance on Love” and “As Time Goes By.” Don Wilson announces. AFRS. (30 min)
UNCLE NED’S SQUADRON (1-27-51) From the WMAQ “Ready Room,” with Ned Locke and “co-pilot” Hugh Downs. Uncle Ned talks about flying and tells the story of the Berlin Airlift. Sustaining, WMAQ. (29 min) Read the article about Uncle Ned’s Squadron in the Winter 2018 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
MY FRIEND IRMA (4-27-54) Marie Wilson stars as Irma Peterson, with Mary Shipp as Kay and Alan Reed as Mr. Clyde, whose wife has asked him for a divorce. Participating sponsors, CBS. (28 min)
ADVENTURES OF SAM SPADE (9-19-48) “The Hot One Hundred Grand Caper,” with Howard Duff as Sam, Lurene Tuttle as Effie. A rich woman hires Sam when her husband is blackmailed. Cast includes June Havoc, Joseph Kearns. Dick Joy announces. Wildroot Cream Oil, CBS. (30 min)
RAILROAD HOUR (3-19-51) “Apple Blossom” starring Gordon MacRae, with guests Dorothy Kirsten and Francis X. Bushman in a radio adaptation of the operetta, with music by Fritz Kreisler and Viktor Jacobi. A wealthy man arranges for his niece to marry his young ward, despite the fact that both of them have fiancees of their own. Marvin Miller announces. Association of American Railroads, NBC. (29 min)
DIMENSION X (9-15-50) “Hello Tomorrow” starring Nancy Olson in a story set in the year 4195. Following a nuclear war, civilization has gone underground to avoid the intense radiation. Narrator is Norman Rose. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)


KRAFT MUSIC HALL (3-25-48) Al Jolson stars in a show broadcast from Chicago, with Oscar Levant, Lou Bring and the Orchestra, announcer Ken Carpenter, the Kraft Choral Club and guest Clifton Webb. Al sings “Baby Face” and “Easter Parade.” Kraft, NBC. (29 min)
NEW YORK CITY EASTER PARADE (4-12-36) An excerpt of an Easter Sunday broadcast with announcer George Hicks wearing a “top hat transmitter” as he describes the city’s Easter parade and interviews passers-by. NBC. (14 min)
BABY SNOOKS SHOW (3-20-51) Fanny Brice stars as Snooks, with Hanley Stafford as Daddy, Arlene Harris as Mummy. It’s Easter time and Daddy wants to buy new Easter clothes for the family. Don Wilson announces. Tums, NBC. (28 min)
MADAME CHIANG KAI-SHEK (4-4-43) From the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Calif. A special broadcast offering the “much publicized final address on her American tour of China’s first lady,” who presents a dramatic narrative of the fighting between China and Japan. Eddie Albright announces. MBS. (23 min and 15 min)
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (4-25-43) Harold Peary stars as Gildy, with Walter Tetley as Leroy, Lurene Tuttle as Marjorie, Lillian Randolph as Birdie, Shirley Mitchell as Leila Ransom, Earle Ross as Judge Hooker, Dick LeGrand as Peavey, Ben Alexander as Ben. It’s Easter weekend and a crate of rabbits arrives at the Gildersleeve house. Ken Carpenter announces. Kraft, NBC. (30 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (4-25-43) With Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Dennis Day, Don Wilson, Bea Benaderet. The cast talks about the Easter parade, where Jack was selling carnations! Dennis sings “Easter Parade.” AFRS rebroadcast. (26 min)


NICK CARTER, MASTER DETECTIVE (9-12-48) “The Case of the Great Impersonation” stars Lon Clark as Nick, with Charlotte Manson as Patsy. Nick and Patsy travel to Center City to help a newspaper editor on the trail of a criminal gang, but when they arrive they find the editor has been murdered. Old Dutch Cleanser, MBS. (26 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (12-8-17) Steve Darnall’s conversation with author Max Allan Collins, speaking by telephone from his home in Iowa about his collaborations with Mickey Spillane and plans to celebrate the centennial of Spillane’s birth. (38 min) Read an excerpt from this conversation in the Spring 2018 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
THAT HAMMER GUY (4-7-53) Larry Haines stars as Detective Mike Hammer, who investigates after he is accidentally shot by a man wearing saddle shoes. Cast includes Jan Miner. Participating sponsors, MBS. (29 min)
PHILO VANCE (10-12-48) “The Cover Girl Murder Case” starring Jackson Beck as Vance, George Petrie as District Attorney Markham, Joan Alexander as Ellen Deering. Vance investigates when a model is strangled. Syndicated. (26 min)
ADVENTURES OF PHILIP MARLOWE (4-18-50) “The Angry Eagle” starring Gerald Mohr as Marlowe. A friend invites Marlowe to a training camp where a promising fighter has been cut loose. Cast: Barney Phillips, Joan Banks, Wilms Herbert, Howard McNear, Elliott Reid, Frank Gerstle, Anne Morrison. Announcer is Roy Rowan. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
SHERLOCK HOLMES (11-6-39) Basil Rathbone stars as Holmes, with Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson. Holmes’ brother Mycroft asks him to investigate the death of a young man in connection with the theft of important military documents. Announcer is Knox Manning. Grove’s Bromo Quinine, NBC. (30 min)


FIRST NIGHTER (6-17-48) “Old Lady Shakespeare” starring Olan Soule and Verna Felton in a romantic drama “from the little theatre off Times Square.” An aging actress tries to stop her nephew from marrying a young woman. Cast includes Herb Butterfield, Parley Baer, Sammie Hill. Larry Keating announces. Campana Products, CBS. (30 min)
ALDRICH FAMILY (4-1-43) Norman Tokar is Henry, with Jackie Kelk as Homer, House Jameson and Katharine Raht as Mr. and Mrs. Aldrich. Henry and Homer head out to sell War Bonds, but end up traveling farther than they had planned. Postum, NBC. (29 min)
YOUR HIT PARADE (4-10-43) It’s the top tunes of the week, as performed by Frank Sinatra, Joan Edwards, Ethel Smith, the Hit Paraders and Mark Warnow and the Orchestra. Martin Block hosts. Lucky Strike, CBS. (18 min and 17 min)
BURNS AND ALLEN SHOW (4-13-43) With Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra, announcer Bill Goodwin, singer Jimmy Cash, The Swantet, Clarence Nash as Herman the Duck, Arthur Q. Bryan, Wally Maher, Bea Benaderet, Mel Blanc and special guest Claudette Colbert, who speaks about the Second War Loan Drive. Gracie decides that George should be a lawyer and goes out in search of business. Swan Soap, CBS. (29 min)
HITLER’S MOCK BIRTHDAY PARTY (4-20-43) From Times Square, Walter O’Keefe hosts this “monster celebration of Adolph Hitler’s birthday, with Dick Stabile and his orchestra, Gracie Berry, John Garfield, Jerry Lester, Martha O’Driscoll, Jay Allen. Treasury Department, MBS. (14 min)
PAT NOVAK FOR HIRE (2-20-49) Jack Webb stars as Novak, with Raymond Burr as Inspector Hellman and Tudor Owen as Jocko Madigan. Novak discovers someone has deposited $1,000 into his bank account. Cast: Betty Lou Gerson, Vic Perrin, Ted de Corsia, Herb Butterfield. Sustaining, ABC. (30 min)


ESCAPE (11-5-50) Part one of “Earth Abides,” starring John Dehner in a radio adaptation of the novel by George R. Stewart, about a virus that wipes out civilization and one man’s efforts to keep humanity alive. With Peggy Webber, Lawrence Dobkin, Michael Ann Barrett, Parley Baer, Paul Frees, Lou Krugman, Ron Brogan. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (9-6-10) Steve Darnall’s conversation with actress and singer Rose Marie, speaking by telephone from her home in California about her career in radio, television and nightclubs. (23 min) Rose Marie died on December 28, 2017.
JUBILEE #21 (4-19-43) Ernie “Bubbles” Whitman hosts, with Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra, Ivie Anderson, Lee Young, Jack Benny and Eddie “Rochester” Anderson. Rochester calls Jack for an advance on his salary so he and Armstrong can go on a double-date. Armstrong sings “On the Sunny Side of the Street” and “Ol’ Man Mose.” Art Gilmore announces. AFRS. (30 min)
THE SHADOW (11-9-47) “Dream of Death” starring Bret Morrison as Lamont Cranston and Grace Matthews as the lovely Margot Lane. A woman has a recurring nightmare that her drowned husband is coming back to kill her. The Shadow investigates. Andre Baruch announces. Blue Coal, MBS. (30 min)
FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (4-27-43) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, with Isabel Randolph, Bill Thompson, Arthur Q. Bryan, announcer Harlow Wilcox, The King’s Men, Billy Mills and the Orchestra. Fibber’s got a taste for steak, but he’s all out of ration coupons. Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (29 min)
ESCAPE (11-12-50) Part two of “Earth Abides,” starring John Dehner, with Peggy Webber, Parley Baer, Michael Ann Barrett, Paul Frees, Jeffrey Silver, Lou Krugman, Lawrence Dobkin. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)

OUR 48th ANNIVERSARY SHOW — “Thanks for Listening”

As we celebrate 48 years on the air, we'll take you “behind-the-scenes” of radio, as we tune in to some rehearsal recordings of popular shows and hear some audition recordings for programs that didn’t make it onto the air — and for some that did. Don't miss it!

BOB HOPE SHOW (10-6-49) A rehearsal recording from New York, with Doris Day, Dink Trout, Jack Kirkwood, announcer Hy Averback. Bob jokes about the World Series and South Pacific; Doris sings “You Go to My Head.” (25 min)
CALLING ALL DETECTIVES (1947) An audition recording starring actor Paul Barnes as Detective Jerry Browning (and all of the other voices). Jerry goes undercover as a cab driver when a number of taxis are wrecked by a criminal gang. Sealy, WGN. (14 min)
HALLS OF IVY (6-23-49) An audition program starring Gale Gordon and Edna Best as William Todhunter Hall and his wife Victoria, first family of Ivy College. Dr. Hall’s reappointment as president appears dependent on the Board of Regents’ acceptance of his wife. Cast: Herbert Rawlinson, Gloria Gordon, Herb Butterfield, Willard Waterman, Lee Millar, Norma Field, Leo Cleary. NBC. (31 min)
CAVALCADE OF AMERICA (4-19-43) A rehearsal recording of “Listen for the Sound of Wings” starring Paul Lukas in the story of Pastor Martin Niemoeller, the clergyman who stood up to Adolf Hitler by preaching in Nazi Germany. Cast includes Jackie Kelk, Kenny Delmar, Karl Swenson, Everett Sloane. Clayton Collyer announces. DuPont, NBC. (31 min)
THE WYNN SHOW (1948) An audition recording for a comedy show starring Ed Wynn and his son Keenan, with guests George Jessel, James Gleason and Marilyn Maxwell. Recording includes audience reaction to the show. NBC. (34 min and 8 min)
GUNSMOKE (2-19-56) A rehearsal recording for “The New Hotel,” with William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, Parley Baer as Doc, Georgia Ellis as Kitty, John Dehner, Lawrence Dobkin, announcer George Walsh. Chesterfield, CBS. (23 min)


Read the article about James Cagney in the Spring 2018 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
CAVALCADE OF AMERICA (2-2-42) “Captains of the Clouds” starring James Cagney, Dennis Morgan, Alan Hale and Reginald Denny in a radio adaptation of the 1942 film, about American pilots who want to join the Royal Canadian Air Force. DuPont, NBC. (29 min)
ARCH OBOLER’S PLAYS (3-9-40) “Johnny Got His Gun,” based on the story by Dalton Trumbo, about a World War I soldier who is nearly killed by an exploding shell but finds a unique way of communicating with his doctors. Sustaining, NBC BLUE. (30 min)
SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (10-5-41) “Strawberry Blonde” starring James Cagney, Jack Carson and Olivia DeHaviland, re-creating the roles they played in the 1941 film, a comedy about a dentist who becomes infatuated with a glamorous woman and the friend who takes her away. Gulf Oil, CBS. (30 min)
SUSPENSE (12-16-48) “No Escape” starring James Cagney in the story of a man who is involved in a car accident while on his way to receive a safe-driving award. Harlow Wilcox announces. Auto-Lite, CBS. (30 min)
LUX RADIO THEATRE (5-22-39) “Angels With Dirty Faces” starring James Cagney, Pat O’Brien and Gloria Dixon in a radio version of the 1938 film. Cagney and O’Brien repeat their screen roles in the story of two boyhood friends who grow up to become a gangster and a priest. Cecil B. DeMille hosts. Lux Soap, CBS. (23 min & 12 min & 25 min)


LIFE OF RILEY (5-11-46) William Bendix stars as Chester Riley, with Paula Winslowe as Peg, Scotty Beckett as Junior, Sharon Douglas as Babs, John Brown as Jim Gillis and as Digger O’Dell. Riley is convinced that Junior has forgotten Mother’s Day. Ken Carpenter announces. Teel, NBC. (30 min)
WHISPERING STREETS (1958) “The Distraught Mother” is the story of a widow who still clings to the memory of her husband, despite the urgings of her friend and her 15-year-old son. Bette Davis narrates. AFRTS rebroadcast. (24 min)
VICE-PRESIDENT HENRY A. WALLACE (5-15-43) Making his first public address since returning from South America, the vice-president speaks from Central Park in New York City on “I Am an American Day.” CBS. (18 min)
OUR MISS BROOKS (5-8-49) Eve Arden stars as Connie Brooks, with Gale Gordon as Mr. Conklin, Richard Crenna as Walter Denton, Jeff Chandler as Mr. Boynton, Gloria McMillan as Harriet Conklin, Jane Morgan as Mrs. Davis. On the Friday before Mother’s Day, Walter and Harriet plan a surprise for Miss Brooks, while Mr. Boynton invites her to meet his parents. Cast includes Myra Marsh, Frank Nelson. Colgate-Palmolive, CBS. (30 min)
LET GEORGE DO IT (6-21-48) “The Unfit Mother” starring Bob Bailey as George Valentine, with Frances Robinson as Claire Brooks. George is hired to prove that an ex-chorus girl is not an unfit mother. Cast includes Virginia Gregg, Dawn Bender, Jay Novello, Herb Butterfield. Standard Oil of California, MBS. (29 min)
WORLD NEWS TODAY (5-16-43) Reports from the world’s political and battle fronts, with Doug Edwards, Charles Collingwood, Eric Severeid, John Daly. “Swarms of Allied planes are roaring across the channel today to strike new destructive blows at German-held Europe.” Admiral Radios, CBS. (25 min)
HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (5-5-49) “Mother” starring Linda Darnell with Verna Felton in a radio adaptation of the novel by Kathleen Norris. A warm-hearted story about the relationship between a mother and her daughter. James Hilton hosts. Hallmark Cards, CBS. (30 min)


CRIME CLUB (8-14-47) “The Gypsy Sings of Death” is the story of “an old gypsy custom that led to custom-made murder.” When a Broadway columnist takes a date to a nightclub, they find themselves swept up in intrigue, romance and murder. Sustaining, MBS. (29 min)
IT PAYS TO BE IGNORANT (9-22-44) Tom Howard hosts this quiz show spoof, with panelists Harry McNaughton, Lulu McConnell and George Shelton. Questions include “What season of the year follows Summer?” and “Who was the queen of England during the Victorian era?” Ken Roberts announces. AFRS rebroadcast. (28 min)
WINSTON CHURCHILL (5-19-43) The prime minister of Great Britain speaks before a joint session of the United States Congress, offering a detailed report of the war. Eric Severeid reports. CBS/ALL NETWORKS. (31 min and 29 min)
IT’S TIME TO SMILE (5-19-43) Eddie Cantor stars, with announcer Harry Von Zell, Dinah Shore, Cookie Fairchild and the Orchestra, Bert Gordon as the Mad Russian, and guests Cary Grant and Don Barclay. Eddie sings “Johnny Got a Zero” and “In My Arms” and parodies a German newscast. Bristol-Myers, NBC. (29 min) Read the article about Eddie Cantorin the Spring 2018 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
WORLD NEWS TODAY (5-23-43) News from Doug Edwards, with Bob Trout, Bill Downs, Walter Kerr, Larry LeSueur, Maj. George Fielding Elliott, Wesley Edwards in Hawaii and Lee White in Washington DC. “Japanese bombers have made an unsuccessful attack on American warships off Attu in the Philippines.” Admiral Radios, CBS. (25 min)


HARRY JAMES #77 (6-15-43) A program from New York featuring Harry, the Music Makers, along with vocalists Helen Forrest and Buddy Moreno. Selections include “The Right Kind of Love,” “Rockaway,” and “Sleepy Lagoon.” A Special Services Division (SSD) rebroadcast of Chesterfield Time. (15 min)
VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS #280 (8-12-43) Jerry Wald and his Orchestra are heard in a broadcast from the Army Ordnance Proving Ground in Aberdeen, Maryland. The Wald band, along with vocalists Betty Bonney and Dick Merrick, perform “Canteen Bounce,” “All Or Nothing At All,” “Poinciana,” and other selections. Announcer is Gil Newsome. Coca-Cola, BLUE. (24 min)
ONE NIGHT STAND #45 (11-9-43) A program featuring Benny Goodman and his Orchestra originating from the Terrace Room of the Hotel New Yorker in New York City. Numbers include “I’m Here,” “Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me,” and a nine-minute version of “Sing, Sing, Sing” featuring Gene Krupa. Vocals by Ray Dorey, Carol Kaye and Benny; John Tillman announces. SSD rebroadcast. (30 min)
KAY KYSER’S COLLEGE OF MUSICAL KNOWLEDGE (3-24-43) Kay and the gang are heard entertaining the Marine flyers stationed in Santa Barbara, California, with Ish Kabbible, Harry Babbitt, Julie Conway, Sully Mason and Georgia Carroll. The Kyser crew plays “A Touch Of Texas,” “I’m Saving Myself For Bill,” and “I’ve Heard That Song Before.” Announcer is Bill Forman. SSD rebroadcast. (30 min)
JUBILEE #28 (6-7-43) Ernie “Bubbles” Whitman welcomes guests Rose Murphy (the “Chee Chee Girl”), Thelma Carpenter, Jimmy Rushing and Count Basie and his Orchestra, in this broadcast from Hollywood. Selections include “Don’t Get Around Much Any More,” “Time On My Hands,” “Dance Of The Gremlins,” and “One O’Clock Jump.” Announcer is Art Gilmore. AFRS. (29 min)
I SUSTAIN THE WINGS (7-17-43) From New York, it’s the coast-to-coast network debut of Captain Glenn Miller and the Band of the Army Air Forces Training Command, with vocals by Cpl. Tony Martin and Pfc. Art Malvin. The band plays “In the Mood,” “Dearly Beloved,” “As Time Goes By,” “The Army Air Corps” and other selections. A drama depicting an AAF airplane crew is also heard. Corporal Broderick Crawford announces. CBS. (23 min)

OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be big band historian Karl Pearson, who will talk about the big band scene in 1943.


YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR (1-9-56) Part one of “The Todd Matter” starring Bob Bailey as the man with the action-packed expense account. Johnny investigates when an ex-con offers a tip about an unsolved robbery, but the trail leads to murder. Cast: Vivi Janiss, Barbara Fuller, Shirley Mitchell, Lawrence Dobkin, Frank Gerstle, Marvin Miller. Sustaining, CBS. (15 min)
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (6-3-53) Willard Waterman stars as Gildy, with Walter Tetley as Leroy, Lillian Randolph as Birdie, Mary Lee Robb as Marjorie, Dick LeGrand as Peavey. When Gildy thinks Marjorie is overwhelmed by her twins, he suggests that Birdie go to work for her. AFRS rebroadcast. (26 min) YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR (1-10-56) Part two of “The Todd Matter.” Sustaining, CBS. (15 min)
FATS WALLER AND HIS RHYTHM (7-16-38) A studio broadcast featuring the celebrated singer, pianist and composer. Songs include “Hold My Hand,” “Stop Beatin’ Around the Mulberry Bush” and “Hallelujah.” Sustaining, NBC. (15 min) Read the article about Fats Waller in the Spring 2018 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR (1-11-56) Part three of “The Todd Matter.” Sustaining, CBS. (15 min)
JUDY CANOVA SHOW (7-6-43) The first show of the series, with Mel Blanc, Elvia Allman, pianist Ann Hughes, announcer Ken Niles. Judy returns to Rancho Canova after a bond-selling tour in Hollywood. Colgate Tooth Powder, CBS. (25 min)
YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR (1-12-56) Part four of “The Todd Matter.” Sustaining, CBS. (15 min)
MATINEE WITH BOB AND RAY (4-18-51) Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding from early in their careers, with organist Ken Wilson and pianist Bill Green. A sports report from Steve Bosco; Mary McGoon discusses her upcoming swim; a segment of “Mr. Agony’s Unoriginal Badwill Hour.” Participating sponsors, WHDH. (23 min)
YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR (1-13-56) Part five of “The Todd Matter.” Sustaining, CBS. (15 min)


SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (4-5-43) “Journey For Margaret” starring Robert Young, Anita Louise, six-year-old Margaret O’Brien and four-year-old William Severn, in a radio version of the 1942 film. An American journalist in England seeks to adopt two war orphans. Lady Esther Cosmetics, CBS. (29 min)
LUX RADIO THEATRE (5-24-43) “Hitler’s Children” starring Bonita Granville, Otto Kruger and Kent Smith in a radio version of the 1943 film. In Germany, a girl falls in love with a boy who has been indoctrinated in the tenets of Nazism and National Socialism. With Walter Reed, Verna Felton, Robert Harris, Leo Cleary, Charles Seel, Griff Barnett. Cecil B. DeMille hosts. Lux Soap, CBS. (16 min & 21 min & 23 min)
LUX RADIO THEATRE (7-12-43) “Air Force” starring George Raft and Harry Carey in a radio version of Howard Hawks’ 1943 film, about an Air Force bomber arriving in Pearl Harbor in the aftermath of the Japanese attack. Cast includes Mel Blanc, Fred MacKaye, Charles Calvert, Lou Merrill, Herb Vigran. Cecil B. DeMille hosts, with special guest Mary Pickford. (23 min & 15 min & 21 min)

OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be film historian BOB KOLOSOSKI, who will talk about Hollywood’s cinematic contributions to the War effort.


FATHER KNOWS BEST (6-14-51) Robert Young stars as Jim Anderson, with Jean Vanderpyl as Margaret, Rhoda Williams as Betty, Ted Donaldson as Bud, Norma Jean Nilsson as Kathy. Plans for a neighborhood Father’s Day picnic get out of hand. Maxwell House Coffee, NBC. (29 min)
NIGHTBEAT (12-28-51) Frank Lovejoy stars as Randy Stone, night beat reporter for the Chicago Star, who keeps a fellow reporter company while his wife is having a baby. With William Conrad as Ben. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
STARS AND STRIPES IN BRITAIN (6-20-43) An excerpt from a broadcast for British and American listeners, as actor Ben Lyon interviews two Army cameramen and presents the dedication of a new airfield. BBC/MBS. (14 min)
MAGNIFICENT MONTAGUE (1-5-51) Monte Woolley stars as Edwin Montague, with Anne Seymour as Lily, Pert Kelton as Agnes. Edwin is preparing to celebrate his Silver Anniversary in the theatre, but his father’s sudden appearance threatens to cloud the event. With Art Carney, John Gibson, John Griggs, Gavin Gordon. Don Pardo announces. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
MOVIETOWN RADIO THEATRE (1940s) “Borrowed Father” starring Pat O’Brien, with Henry Blair, Betty Arnold, Herb Rawlinson. It’s Father and Son Day at the rodeo and a young man asks a stranger to masquerade as his father. Les Mitchell hosts. Syndicated. (27 min)
PAUL SCHUBERT (6-21-43) A program of news and commentary. “Only a desperate, fractional remnant of the Axis forces in North Africa remain to fight a last-stand battle in the Cap Bon peninsula... Today the enemy troops at the southern part of the front gave up in surrender.” Ford Bond announces. Virginia Rounds, MBS. (14 min)
HALLS OF IVY (5-17-50) Ronald and Benita Colman star as William Todhunter Hall and his wife Victoria, first family of Ivy College. Dr. Hall helps a student who wants to enroll his father into Ivy College. Cast includes Sam Edwards, Sam Hearn. Schlitz Beer, NBC. (28 min)


FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (6-22-43) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, with Isabel Randolph, Bill Thompson, Arthur Q. Bryan, Gale Gordon, The King’s Men, announcer Harlow Wilcox and Billy Mills and the Orchestra. The McGees make plans for summer vacation and decide to take the streetcar to Dugan’s Lake. The last show of the season. Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (30 min)
WORDS AT WAR (6-24-43) “Combined Operation” is the first show in the series, based on the most important books to result from the war, “told by the men and women who have seen them happen... a living record of this war and the things for which we fight.” Cast: Les Damon, Jackson Beck, Walter Kinsella, Ian McAllister, Roger DeKoven. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (4-14-17) Part one of Steve Darnall’s conversation with singer Carole March, as she looks back on her career in Chicago radio. Recorded at her home in Northbrook, Illinois. (36 min)
SUPPER CLUB (2-6-61) Art Hellyer hosts this program of music, with Joe Vito’s band, singers Carole March and Bob Vegas, organist Len Cleary. Carole sings “C’est Magnifique” and “Lullaby in Rhythm.” Participating sponsors, WBBM. (24 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (4-14-47) Part two of Steve Darnall’s conversation with singer Carole March. (19 min)
NEWS OF THE WORLD (7-1-43) Frank Singiser substitutes for Gabriel Heatter. “The latest official picture of the present southwest Pacific offensive under the command of Gen. Douglas MacArthur... sixty-five of 110 Japanese planes were shot down.” Forhan’s Toothpaste, MBS. (13 min)
HALL OF FANTASY (1-19-53) “The Cask of Amontillado” starring Carl Grayson and Richard Thorne in a radio adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s famous story, about a man who responds to an insult by planning a unique form of revenge. Sustaining, MBS/WGN. (25 min)


PORTIA FACES LIFE (11-2-48) Lucille Wall stars in an isolated episode of the series, “a story taken from the heart of every woman who has ever dared to love completely.” Bill and Cathy make up after their argument and she reveals to him that Portia is expecting a baby. Postum, NBC. (14 min) Read the article about Portia Faces Life and other radio soap operas in the Spring 2018 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
YOU BET YOUR LIFE (3-14-51) Groucho Marx hosts this quiz show, with announcer George Fenneman. Couples are asked questions about historic American sites, the male of the species and islands of the world. DeSoto Automobiles, NBC. (29 min)
LIFE CAN BE BEAUTIFUL (3-21-44) An isolated episode from the series, with Alice Reinhardt as Chichi, who is at the hospital to see a dying man who might actually be her father. Hugh Conover announces. Ivory Soap, CBS. (15 min)
A LIFE IN YOUR HANDS (9-13-49) “Mrs. O’Malley’s Boarding House” with Ned LeFevre as host Jonathan Kegg. When a resident of a boarding house is shot, a stripper is accused of the crime. Myron Wallace announces. Raleigh Cigarettes, NBC. (28 min)
ROAD OF LIFE (5-19-48) An isolated episode of the series. Dr. Jim Brent visits Carson McVickers for advice about Maggie and her mother-in-law. Clayton Collyer announces. Duz, NBC. (15 min)
LIFE WITH LUIGI (11-11-52) Starring J. Carroll Naish as Luigi Basco, with Alan Reed as Pasquale, Mary Shipp as Miss Spaulding, Hans Conried as Schultz, Joe Forte as Horowitz, Ken Peters as Olsen, Jody Gilbert as Rosa. Luigi receives word his cousin Mario is planning to visit him in Chicago. AFRS rebroadcast. (25 min)
THIS LIFE IS MINE (1-11-43) An isolated episode of the series, with Gertrude Warner as Eden Channing, Michael Fitzmaurice as Capt. Bob Hastings, who is on the trail of an international thief and believes his ex-wife may have some information. Sustaining, CBS. (15 min)
THIS IS YOUR LIFE (5-24-49) Ralph Edwards welcomes lightweight world boxing champion Barney Ross for a look at his life and career, with appearances by members of his family and colleagues from his past. Art Ballinger announces. Philip Morris Cigarettes, NBC. (27 min)

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